How to Become an Executive in a Company

A common question young self-motivated employees ask is “how can I get ahead in the corporate world”. But how can you become an executive in your company? And is it realistic? Of course, qualifications are necessary, but in most cases, that’s not enough.

Take Robert for example. Robert is 23-years-old with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. He is smart, ambitious, and confident with knowledge of business strategy. He is hungry for career progression and dreams of climbing the corporate ladder.

Now, we have Steve. Steve is 24-years-old with no formal education – other than a high school diploma. He works hard and is always willing to go that extra mile.

After working for the company for two years, Robert and Steve applied for the Management Training Program.

Much to Robert’s dismay, Steve was selected for the program over him. But why? Surely Robert would be the best candidate? What went wrong for Robert?

The answer is quite simple. You need to showcase characteristics that are vital to an organization looking for the next executive.

Here are five key traits that will help you become an executive in a company:


Probably the most important thing to remember out of everything you read in this article is to be passionate about what you do. “Not only will you inspire others in your team, but you’ll also do outstanding work and eventually get recognized for that by the company” says Ann from recruitment.

It’s important to remember that people want to be inspired. A real executive instills passion in others.

And lastly, if you love what you do, it goes without saying that you’ll do it well!


Attention to details makes all the difference in the world and ultimately will make you a more productive and reliable.

No one expects you to be a perfectionist, but if you are someone who can spot the little details, then you will be greatly valued as a team member.

Management needs executives who can focus on many aspects of the business at the same time. You need to show that you can multi-task without missing any of the finer details.


No, you don’t have to be a skilled artist, or adept at sculpting! But the people you are trying to impress will take notice of how you handle challenges and what creative solutions you think of to tackle the problem.

It’s also important to note that businesses grow through the creation of ideas. And if you can inject your vision into what you do, then you will be noticed.

Companies value innovation. And to be innovative is to be creative. So, think outside the box, and don’t shy away from ideas – no matter how outlandish they may be. Remember, even a bad idea can lead to a good one!


The corporate world is fast moving, cutthroat, and competitive. It is easy to buckle under pressure; which is why it is so important to be a positive force in the workplace. Remember, you can’t produce positive results if you’re thinking negatively.

Replace any self-doubt you may have about yourself and focus on the things that make you great.

So, when things get tough, take a step back, and look at the big picture. Find something to be positive about, and move forward. Think positively, and you’ll produce fantastic results.


Sounds obvious right? If you are going to manage people, then you had better be someone who can lead! But you don’t have to wait till you’re an executive. You can lead in any role.

If you invoke positivity in others, have a passion for everything you do, pay attention to the details, and don’t be afraid to get creative, then you’ll have the makings of a great leader and will be a successful executive.


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